Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil. Proverbs 4:23-27 (NLT)
Do you want to walk on a safe path? Do you want to walk on the path of life? Do you want to keep from being sidetracked? Do you want to keep your feet from following evil? Yes, I want to walk on the path of life with you. Yes, I want to walk on a safe path that is the path of life? How can I walk this way and live this life? That is a very good question. Do you want to answer that question, or should I? I would prefer that you answer this question for me. That I will do. If you want to walk on the path of life you must, above all else, guard your heart. The condition of your heart will guide the entire course of your life. Make no mistake about it, the world, the flesh, and the devil will try to corrupt and pollute your heart and mind and life. You must distance yourself from evil of every kind. You must avoid perverse talk. You must stay away from corrupt speech. How will I ever be able to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil? Is that a battle I can fight? Is that a war I can win? What do you think? Under my own power, with my own strength. I will never be victorious. That thought is correct. Do you think that I am asking you to fight with your own power and strength? No, I do not. Why is that? You would never give me a battle I can’t fight or a war I can’t win. No, I would not. What must you do? I must rely on you. That is correct. If you want to walk on a safe path, that is the path of life, you must keep your heart and mind and eyes focused on me. I will lead you. I will guide you. I will guard and protect you. Keep looking straight ahead. Follow me to where I lead you. Do what I ask of you. Live the life I have given to you. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will, above all else, guard the condition of my heart. I will not wander off the safe path. I will avoid perverse and corrupt talk. I will look straight ahead and keep my heart, mind and eyes firmly fixed on you. I will keep on loving, following and serving you. Amen
Key Question… How are you keeping your eyes firmly fixed on the Lord as you walk through life with Him?
Living It Out… Above all else, guard your heart so you can stay on the safe path with the Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to guard your heart so you can stay on the safe path with Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are guarding your heart to stay on the safe path with the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you, above all else, guard your heart so you can stay on the safe path with the Lord.
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